Sun Shines Down on Araxi’s Longtable Dinner at Pemberton’s North Arm Farm

The GOODS from Araxi

Whistler, BC | The sun shone brightly for Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar as it hosted its famed Longtable Dinner on Sunday, August 20th at picturesque North Arm Farm in Pemberton. Set against the majestic backdrop of Mount Currie, the seventh annual feast in the field is British Columbia’s iconic agritourism event each summer.

This year, Araxi’s award-winning Executive Chef James Walt headlined the event once again with a little help from the family of other Toptable Group Whistler restaurants. Chef Jorge Muñoz Santos from the wildly popular Bar Oso added his Spanish-inspired cooking to one of the many courses while the yet-to-be unveiled Il Caminetto (reopening this winter), offered guests a sneak peek with a taste from its Italian kitchen. Together with Restaurant Director Neil Henderson and Sommelier Samantha Rahn who orchestrated the seamless dinner and wine service, the Araxi team pulled out all the stops for a memorable farm-to-table experience.

Chef Walt’s menu – a cocktail and canape reception followed by a four-course family-style feast – showcased the best of the season with many of the farm fresh ingredients harvested on the morning of the event. With a passion for providing a memorable al fresco culinary experience, guests enjoyed Toptable Group’s commitment to the ‘art of true hospitality’ matched only by the spectacular surroundings in this special part of the world.

Saluting our culinary provenance from this region, Chef Walt and company presented the 2017 Longtable Dinner menu:

THE MENU

– RECEPTION –

Sawmill Bay Oysters
fresh horseradish, raspberry mignonette, North Arm bean salsa

Turtle Valley Bison Tartare
with chilies, smoked North Arm onions, baby turnips and chives

BC Albacore Tuna Tataki
North Arm radish, shiso leaf and ponzu pearls

Pickled North Arm Beets
Okanagan goat’s cheese foam and Lillooet honey granola

Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc 2016
Osoyoos Larose, Petales d’Osoyoos 2013

– FIRST – IL CAMINETTO

Lillooet Tomatoes + Burrata + House Cured Meats + Our Breads
Deanne’s heirloom tomatoes on grilled local eggplant puree
house chorizo and local chicken liver parfait
Burrata with North Arm basil, summer squash + sliced Okanagan peaches
Sherri’s bread selection + roasted tomatoes in Helen’s olive oil

Arrowleaf Rose 2016

– SECOND – BAR OSO

Grilled Octopus + Romesco + Pemberton New Potatoes
with North Arm herb salsa verde and German butter potatoes
roasted local peppers and BC hazelnut Romesco sauce

Burrowing Owl Sauvignon Blanc 2016

– THIRD – ARAXI

Hay Roasted Fillet of Beef
slow cooked beef cheek and local mushroom ravioli
assorted North Arm carrots and Good Field mustard leaves

Le Vieux Pin Cuvee Violette Syrah 2015

– DESSERT – THE CELLAR

North Arm Raspberries + Golden Eagle Blueberries
fresh raspberry sorbet and milk chocolate bars, raspberry sauce
Luigi’s blueberries with lemon chiffon cake and vanilla mousse

LaStella Moscato d’Osoyoos 2016

The 2017 Araxi Longtable Dinner festivities began with a reception at 3pm, followed by dinner at 4pm. In keeping with the Longtable theme, guests were able take home a memento of the day with Chef Walt’s award-winning signed cookbook, Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes.

Details

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110 – 4222 Village Square | Whistler, BC | VON 1B4 | MAP
Voice: 604 932 4540
Web: Araxi.com
Email: info@araxi.com

Gallery

  • Terrace
  • araxi
  • Lounge and bar
  • semi private wine room
  • buffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes and organic olive oil
  • Vancouver Island octopus with cucumber pearls, Dungeness crab
  • asil crusted sablefish with fresh peas and house-made gnocchi
  • roasted Polderside Farm duck breast with morels, peas and parsnip crisps
  • basil crusted sablefish with fresh peas and house-made gnocchi
  • seared sockeye salmon, with cauliflower, sultanas, polenta and carrot purée
  • pistachio nougat glacé with blueberries and apricots
  • meyer lemon tart with red berry sorbet and lemon madelines
  • Pemberton raspberry napoleon with hazelnut sablé
  • Vanilla cheesecake

Hours

Apres from 3pm-5pm | Dinner from 5pm

Our Team

James Walt, Executive Chef
Aaron Heath, Pastry Chef
Neil Henderson, Restaurant Director
Samantha Rahn, Wine Director
Darin Newton, Restaurant Manager & Sommelier
Jason Kawaguchi, Restaurant Manager + Assistant Wine Director
Rene Wuethrich, Bar Manager

About Araxi Restaurant

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Best of the Pacific Northwest

Best of nearby fields, pastures, and pristine waters

The culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi enjoys a long held international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality.

As an early pioneer of farm to table dining, Executive Chef James Walt’s seasonally focused menus celebrate the excellence of locally sourced ingredients. Walt’s innovative and skillfully executed dishes–from savoury starters through delicious desserts–deliver intelligent compositions and unforgettable flavours.

Centrally located in the main square of the village, Araxi boasts a contemporary dining room coloured in warm earth tones – and a sleek Oyster Bar that exudes the passion and craftsmanship that lie at the heart of the restaurant. The lively lounge, which features a year-round indoor/outdoor bar, is Whistler’s favourite gathering place for both locals and visitors alike.

The Cookbook

JamesWaltAraxi, Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant

by James Walt $45.00

Gorgeous photography and accessible recipes frame the seasons and chef James Walt’s celebration of our region’s bounty in Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant. A graduate of Stratford, Walt’s sterling career includes the executive chef position at the Canadian Embassy in Rome. The highly anticipated cookbook was just released to high praise by both patrons and Walt’s peers, including chefs Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal. Walt’s distinct Canadian style – that celebrates both local farms and coastal fisheries – has won praise and ovations at New York City’s James Beard House where he has showcased his talents three times. Now long established as Whistler’s finest dining experience, Araxi also features exceptional dessert recipes from pastry chef Aaron Heath and wine pairings from Samantha Rahn.

Best Chef Book in Canada, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2009.

Nominee, Cooking from a Professional Point of View, James Beard Foundation Awards, 2010

Best Illustrated Cookbook, Cordon d’ Or – Gold Ribbon, International Culinary Academy Awards, 2010

For more details and to order a copy, click here.

Accolades

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“Whistler’s first fine dining restaurant, and perhaps its best, satisfies most every taste, thanks to executive chef James Walt’s way with local ingredients, including his carefully balanced 100-Mile tasting menu.”
Vancouver magazine, Eating + Drinking Guide, 2012

“You can’t go wrong anywhere on their menu.”
National Geographic, 2012

“Establishments like Araxi are cornerstones of the resort’s upscale culinary experience.”
The Province, 2012

“The Long Table Dinner was really the event that catapulted our crush on Araxi into a full-blown love affair.”
Greedy Guts Blog, 2012

“If I had to select one dining experience that “wowed” us the most in 2011, it would have to be the Araxi Longtable event.”
Miss604.com, 2011

“Executive chef James Walt created a menu that was both innovative and mouthwatering.”
AOL Travel Canada, 2011

“The expanding food scene owes much of its growth to Araxi, known for years as the place to go for creative, outstanding dishes.”
Toronto Sun, 2011

“Whistler’s world class Araxi Restaurant.”
Vancouver Sun, 2011

“Fast forward three decades and Araxi has not only blossomed into one of Canada’s most celebrated restaurants (after all, Gordon Ramsay doesn’t exactly drop in by chance) but it’s become the cornerstone of Top Table, among an elite group of success stories.”
North Shore News, 2011

“Araxi is the natural choice for exquisite food, superb service, and vibrant atmosphere in the heart of Whistler Village.”
Whistler Question, 2011

“A creative institution that’s not only survived, but thrived by continually evolving during its 30-year reign at Whistler.”
Pique Newsmagazine, 2011

“This splendid restaurant is one of the best things about Whistler.” “The commitment to local products and suppliers shines through the inventive dishes from chef James Walt’s kitchen.”
Vancouver magazine, 2011

“Standout restaurant…”
Wall Street Journal, 2011

“Araxi is a restaurant hitting on all cylinders and clearly at the top of its game. Ambiance and service are impeccable – a real model for other restaurants to emulate.”
Food Network Canada, 2010

“Locally minded, universally delicious dishes.”
Food & Wine magazine, 2010

“Everything at Araxi is of the finest quality and is always executed with brilliant precision and thoughtful sophistication.”
Huffington Post, 2010

Best List Award, Silver
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2015

Best Whistler, Gold
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 1999-2008, 2010-2015

Best Formal Whistler Restaurant
WHERE Magazine ‘To Dine’ Awards, 2010-2015

Best Whistler Restaurant
Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards, 2009-2015

‘Best of’ Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator, 2013-2015

Best Chef, James Walt
Best Bartender, Jason Redmond
Best Wine List
Best Martini/Cocktail
Pique ‘Best of Whistler’ Awards, 2015

Top 50 Restaurants in Canada
Vacay.ca, 2012-2015

Wine List Award, Gold
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2013-2014

Best Server, Benjamin Parizet
Best Bartender, Jason Redmond
Best Martini/Cocktail
Pique ‘Best of Whistler’ Awards, 2014

Sommelier of the Year, Samantha Rahn
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2013

Premier Crew Service Award, Samantha Rahn
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2013

Achievement of Distinction in Dining
DiRoNA, 2013

Best Dessert, Aaron Heath
Best Overall Experience
Best Chef, James Walt
Best Service
Best Wine list, Samantha Rahn
Pique ‘Best of Whistler’ Awards, 2013

Top50, Canada’s Best Restaurants
Maclean’s Magazine, 2012

Four Diamond Award
AAA / CAA, 2012

Premier Crew Service Award, Neil Henderson
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2012

Most Popular Whistler Restaurant
Zagat Restaurants Survey, 2012

Nominee, Cooking from a Professional Point of View – Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
James Beard Foundation Awards, 2010

Best Illustrated Cookbook – Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
Cordon d’ Or – Gold Ribbon, International Culinary Academy Awards, 2010

Grand Prize Restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen Season 6
Selected by Chef Gordon Ramsay and the Producers of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen as the grand prize for the winning chef, 2009

Best Chef Book in Canada – Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2009

Best Whistler, Gold
Urban Diner Restaurant Awards, 2009

Best Whistler, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2009

Guest Chef Dinner @ James Beard House
Three sold out events at the prestigious James Beard Foundation. New York City, 2006 + 2002 + 1998

Wine List Award, Silver
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2015-2016

Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada
OpenTable, 2016

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